Thursday, March 29, 2012

Why do vegetarians want faux meat?

Posted By on Thu, Mar 29, 2012 at 8:30 AM

For those who no longer eat real unicorn meat.
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It's always bacon. That's what vegetarians miss. Sizzling, fatty, smoky bacon in big, thick salty slices. For some, even the smell proves too rich. For others, it's what keeps them awake at night, curling their firsts to the sky and yelling the meaty equivalent of "Rosebud."

And for some, it's hard to leave behind the world of pig and beef and chicken. That's why there's an entire industry dedicated to producing veggie burgers and tofurkys. The New York Times' Mark Bittman recently accompanied Dutch food writer Janneke Vreugdenhil to see the Vegetarian Butcher - an entire butcher shop dedicated to producing meatlike products sans the meat - at the Hague, Holland.

The piece by Vreugdenhil wonders why we go to such great lengths to turn vegetables into a facsimile of a very different food group. Her piece makes me want to know the same thing. Why do vegetarians seek out faux meat?

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